In this day and age, our lives are filled with noise, music, colors, pictures and all other kinds of distractions. We live in a world where there is what seems like another universe in our pockets. We have nearly unlimited access to any kind of media at any time of day. In fact you are reading this article on said device. It seems as if every minute of our lives needs to be filled with some sort of entertainment.
A lot of times these distractions can get in the way of having a better relationship with Christ. Not only does it take time away from God, it pushes us away from him. I hear many young Christians admit to only reading their Bible once or twice a week, and yet they’ll spend hours watching or reading something on their devices. I too, am at fault here. In my own encounters, some Christians spend even less time praying.
I feel as though praying and reading God’s word is a lost art. Many Christians growing up in this age are “Biblically Illiterate”. In order to make a good witness, we must have a firm grip on God’s word. There is no other way to witness to someone. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “but set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you”. We need to be prepared to answer anyone who asks us about our faith.
As my Pastor says, “You can read the Bible without having a spiritual connection with God, but you cannot have a spiritual connection with God without reading his word”. Reading and praying are key to having a deeper relationship with Christ. Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart”. The author of Hebrews holds God’s word with high regard, and we should as well. The Bible is God’s way of communicating and teaching us.
Prayer is one of the most important ways to having a deeper relationship with Christ. In essence, we are literally speaking to God. We need to understand that prayer is a two-way road; one of speaking and also listening. Matthew 26:41 says, “Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow Me.”
A lot of time we find our selves not knowing what to pray. For my prayer, I usually follow the “ACTS” method. ACTS stands for Adoration, Confessions, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. You don’t need to follow this method, but it definitely has improved my prayer life. Adoration can include saying the names of God. Confessions means admitting to any sin and asking forgiveness. Thanksgiving can be any form of giving praise for something God has done. Supplication is prayer for anything in your life or someone else’s. Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings”.
“So how do I do it?” It is important to make space for reading and praying. You should go to a quite place where no one can really bother you. Another point is to make time. Having a regular schedule will make reading and praying into a habit.
Any Questions or Comments? Don’t be afraid to ask. Please share your own experiences and what you think about this topic.